The Palestinian militant group Hamas launched unprecedented terror attack on Israel, which has included the firing of thousands of rockets onto the Israel and the infiltration of Israeli territory by land, air, and sea. Responding to the surprise attack Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared that the nation is “at war” and the terrorists “will pay a price it has never known before.”
Since this morning, the State of Israel has been at war. Our first objective is to clear out the hostile forces that infiltrated our territory and restore the security and quiet to the communities that have been attacked.
The second objective, at the same time, is to exact an… pic.twitter.com/MzKs7tfv4M
— Benjamin Netanyahu – בנימין נתניהו (@netanyahu) October 7, 2023
Thus far, the attacks in Israel have reportedly left 300 people dead and nearly 1,600 wounded. Hamas claims it has captured Israel Defense Force soldiers and civilians during its assault on Israeli border towns outside Gaza. Israel’s military response –“Operation Sword of Iron”– has led to the deaths of 198 Palestinians and 1,610 people injured. The attack occurred on the Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret, the final day of the annual High Holy Day cycle.
9:40 P.M. — A Hamas spokesperson, Ghazi Hamad, said in a statement to BBC that the terror organization had backing from Iran for its deadly assault on Israel.
9:00 P.M. — Fresh reporting from Breitbart News’s Senior Editor-at-Large Joel Pollak on Hamas’s terror attack on Israel:
Palestinian terrorists seized dozens of Israeli civilian hostages on Saturday, holding some in Israel and dragging at least 50, including women and children, to Gaza.
The images and videos of women — and the corpses of women — being abused by Palestinian gunmen caused shock and anguish throughout Israel.
Most of these are too graphic to publish, and some cannot yet be confirmed. Some have been published by news wire agencies, with the identities of the victims concealed, as in the photo below.
8:17 P.M. — https://twitter.com/IDF/status/1710811251549360333?s=20
RIGHT NOW: Barzilai Medical Center—in southern Israel—was targeted by Hamas rocket fire.
Hours before the strike, Dr. Chezy Levy, the Director of the medical center, and his staff moved patients to safety.
This is indiscriminate fire against civilians. The IDF will not stand… pic.twitter.com/OS0HLo3CQU
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) October 8, 2023
8:05 P.M. — Speaking to Fox News, Israeli Ambassador to the U.N. Gilad Erdan says the Hamas attack on Israel “is our 9/11.”
“[F]or many years we lived side-by-side with Gaza. We believe that it’s possible, even though, and I hope your viewers know that Hamas is a genocidal, jihadist, Islamist organization that is fully committed only to the annihilation of the State of Israel. They don’t want to compromise,” Erdan says. “They don’t want a dialogue. They don’t want to see the existence of the Jewish state. So, when we evacuated, when we withdrew from Gaza 17, 18 years ago, they took power. And since then, they use[d], exploit[ed] every square inch in the Gaza Strip. And they turned, basically, the Gaza Strip into a war machine. We cannot allow this situation of Gaza as a war machine to continue.”
8:00 P.M. — CNN has authenticated a video of a woman who appears to have sustained bodily injuries being dragged out of a jeep and placed into the back by armed militants. BBC reports the footage was filmed near the Gaza city of Sheijia.
Check out the moment the Hamas Paratroopers landed in the Israeli festival. Look like drones. pic.twitter.com/VRrZwxH6vF
— ????????ProudArmyBrat (@leslibless) October 8, 2023
The BBC verified also distressing footage:
Another video shows Palestinian militants dragging a lifeless body of what appears to be a soldier out of car. Two men then stamp on the man’s body, cheering and lifting their guns up into the air. A crowd of men subsequently swarm the body.
7:52 P.M. — In an interview with CNN, IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus highlights the seriousness of the amount of Israeli hostages taken by Hamas.
“It is unprecedented in our history that we have so many Israeli nationals in the hands of a terrorist organization,” Conricus says. “These are numbers that we have never, ever seen before and these are, they’re unprecedented, and they will force an unprecedented response from Israel.”
7:41 P.M. — Israel’s security cabinet will take a series of measures “aimed at bringing about the destruction of the military and governmental capabilities of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad,” the Prime Minister’s Office says, according to the Times of Israel.
The IDF will remove “their ability and desire to threaten and harm the citizens of Israel for many years,” the Office said.
7:35 P.M. — Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) weighs in on Hamas’s terror attack on Israel, says: “The U.S. must provide Israel with every resource necessary to cripple Hamas.”
On the high holiday of Shemini Atzeret and the day after the 50th Anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, Hamas launched the deadliest attack on Israel in years.
The U.S. must provide Israel with every resource necessary to cripple Hamas.
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) October 7, 2023
7:15 P.M. — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issues another statement, saying the Jewish state is “embarking on a long and difficult war.” Such war was “forced upon us by a murderous attack by Hamas,”Netanyahu says.
The IDF’s offensive “will continue without hesitation and without respite – until the goals are achieved,” the leader adds. “We will restore security to the citizens of Israel and we will win.”
6:54 P.M. — The Biden administration may announce additional “assistance” to Israel in the next 24 hours, CNN reports, citing an anonymous federal official.
“We are in deep discussions with the Israelis about some of their particular needs as they respond to this,” a top official told the news outlet. “[W]e might have more to say about it as early as tomorrow.”
6:45 P.M. — Israeli forces says it neutralized seven Hamas militants who tried breaching the Jewish state’s territory. The brazen attempt was made from Zikim Beach, which is located north of Gaza, the Times of Israel reports.
“Over the past hours, the Israeli Navy identified seven terrorists in the area of Zikim Beach in Israeli territory. In response, IDF naval soldiers and IDF aircraft targeted the terrorists and prevented infiltration into residential areas,” Israeli forces said in a statement.
6:30 P.M. — The Times of Israel is reporting that the family of Noa Argamani is distributing disturbing video showing her abduction in southern Israel, where her and her boyfriend were attending a festival.
The newspaper reports: “The video shows her being taken away on the back of a motorcycle by Hamas terrorists as she screams “don’t kill me” and stretches her arms out to her boyfriend, Avi Natan, who is also being held by Hamas operatives.”
6:15 P.M. — The hostage situation in Kibbutz Be’eri is said to have been resolved. All hostages have been rescued, while the militants have been “neutralized,” according Times of Israel, citing local media.
5:52 P.M. — Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is celebrating Palestinian terrorists attacking Israeli civilians.
God willing, the cancer of the usurper Zionist regime will be eradicated at the hands of the Palestinian people and the Resistance forces throughout the region. #AlAqsaStorm pic.twitter.com/XDyxoTT4gw
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) October 7, 2023
5:20 P.M. — London’s Metropolitan Police says it is aware of a “number of incidents” in connection to Hamas’s terror attack on Israel and will bolster “policing patrols” across the English capital, Sky News reports.
“We remain in contact with partners and community leaders to listen to any concerns,” the police says. “Anyone who experiences threatening behaviour or is worried about their safety is urged to contact police.”
“We will ensure that an appropriate policing plan is in place in order to balance the right to protest against any disruption to Londoners,” the adds.
5:10 P.M. —A top Hamas official warns that the terror organization’s assault is just the beginning.
Via the Times of Israel:
Hussam Badran, a member of the political bureau of Hamas, says the terror group’s onslaught is only in its early stages.
Badran says the attack, called the “Al-Aqsa Deluge” by the terror group, comes after careful preparation aimed at catching Israel by surprise.
Via the Times of Israel:
As of 11:30 p.m., there are 19 in critical condition, 293 in serious condition, 315 in moderate condition, 715 in mild condition, 20 being treated for severe anxiety and 181 still being evaluated by medical officials.
4:20 P.M. — Authorities in France and Germany also stepped up security measures for the Jewish community.
“In Berlin, police protection has been immediately stepped up,” Germany’s Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said in an interview with Bild. “The federal government and the regions are closely coordinating their actions.”
4:15 P.M. — The state of New York and the New York City Police Department (NYPD) are increasing protection measures for Jewish synagogues, Gov. Kathy Hochul announces.
3:50 P.M. — Israel’s Health Ministry says 1,500 people have been injured in Hamas’s terror attack on Israel.
3:45 P.M. — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issues another statement, saying the degree of Hamas’s terror attack on Israel “has never been seen” in the country.
“What happened today has never been seen in Israel. We will take mighty vengeance for this black day,” Netanyahu says.
“I tell Hamas, you are responsible for wellbeing of captives. Israel will settle the score with anyone who harms them,” the prime minister adds.
3:30 P.M. — Local Israeli media reports the death toll has risen to 250 in Hamas’s terror attack on Israel, while 1,450 have been wounded. The number of casualties is expected to grow.
2:50 P.M. — President Joe Biden delivers a statement on Hamas’s terror attack on Israel, says the United States “stands with the State of Israel.”
“We will make sure that they have the help their citizens need, and they can continue to defend themselves,” the president says. “There is never justification for terrorist attacks.”
— ABC News (@ABC) October 7, 2023
2:30 P.M. — The New York Post reports that Israelis are begging the country’s forces to rescue them from Hamas terrorists.
Civilians said they were being held captive by terrorists in their homes and begged the army to send forces to the southern kibbutzim of Nir Oz and Nir Am, along with other communities along the border with the Gaza Strip.
“We are being slaughtered. There is no army. It has been 6 hours,” one kibbutz resident said. “People are begging for their lives.”
“My sister said militants entered her home,” in the southern Kibbutz of Nir Oz, a Tel Aviv resident named Gaia told Haaretz. “I’m unable to reach her.”
2:15 P.M. — Israel’s National Security Council is warning Israelis living abroad to be on the lookout for potential attacks as Hamas continues its deadly assault on Israel.
2:05 P.M. — Hamas has kidnapped an “elderly women with dementia” during its terror attack on Israel, Sky News, citing Israel television, reports.
Click here to see a photo of the abduction.
2:00 P.M. — President Joe Biden is scheduled to deliver remarks on the Hamas terror attack on Israel at 2:30 P.M. EST.
1:55 P.M. — Hamas terrorists are once again claiming that the armed wing of Hamas– the Izzedine al Qassam Brigades–has captured numerous Israelis, CNN says.
“We bring good news to our (Palestinian) prisoners and our people that the al Qassam Brigades have dozens of captured (Israeli) officers and soldiers in their hands,” a spokesperson for the group writes in a Telegram post.
“They have been secured in safe places and resistance tunnels,” the spokesperson adds.
1:50 P.M. — An unspecified number of rockets fired by terrorists in Gaza have hit Tel Aviv, Israel’s Magen David Adom (MDA) rescue service announces.
“Following the red alert sirens in the last few minutes, Magen David Adom teams are conducting searches in the areas where rocket hits have been reported,” the organization says, CNN reports.
The number of causalities in the attack is unknown.
1:40 P.M. — The death toll in Israel is rising quickly, according to local reports.
Via Times of Israel:
The death toll from the Hamas terror group’s massive attack on Israel rises to more than 200, Hebrew-language media reports say.
The toll is expected to rise higher.
At least 1,100 have been wounded, many seriously.
1:30 P.M. — The latest death toll in Israel hits 150 amid Hamas’s terror attack on the country, according to local media, and 1,104 people have been wounded, according to the Health Ministry.
1:20 P.M. —A former Israel Defense Forces international spokesperson says Hamas’s terror attack on Israel is a “Pearl Harbor type of moment” for the Jewish state.
“The entire system failed. It’s not just one component. It’s the entire defense architecture that evidently failed to provide the necessary defense for Israeli civilians,” Jonathan Conricus said, according to CNN. “This is a Pearl Harbor type of moment for Israel, where there was reality up until today, and then there will be reality after today.”
1:10 P.M. — Former Vice President Mike Pence, who is in Iowa campaigning for president, declares, “America stands with Israel.”
“This is what happens when you have a president like Joe Biden who spends the last two and a half years projecting weakness on the world stage,” Pence says, according to the Des Moines Register.
1:05 P.M. — Sirens and multiple “loud booms” are ringing out in Tel Aviv, according to CNN. It’s unclear if the booms are rockets.
1:02 P.M. — Biden’s State Department makes a social media blunder. More details to come.
BREAKING:State Dept tells me their tweet instructing Israel to stand down amid Hamas terror was deleted after this Cruz tweet: Message "was not approved and does not represent U.S. policy." Story TK… https://t.co/Cckxoj2ikX
— Adam Kredo (@Kredo0) October 7, 2023
12:30 P.M. — CNN reports that it has authenticated multiple videos appearing to show Hamas terrorists holding Israelis soldiers and civilians hostage.
The news outlet reports:
In one of the videos, geolocated by CNN to the neighborhood of Shejaiya in Gaza, a barefoot woman is pulled from the trunk of a Jeep by a gunman and then forced into the backseat of the car. Her face is bleeding, and her wrists appear to be cable-tied behind her back. The jeep also appears to have an Israel Defense Forces license plate, suggesting it may have been stolen and brought into Gaza.
Another video, which appears to show Hamas militants taking multiple Israelis captive, was geolocated by CNN to Be’eri in southern Israel, which is a village close to Gaza.
12:15 P.M. — EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell condemns Hamas’s terror attack on Israel, saying that the Jewish state has the right to defend itself.
The bloc “stands in solidarity with Israel which has the right to defend itself in line with international law, in the face of such violent and indiscriminate attacks,” Borrell says.
12:01 P.M. — A top Hamas official claims the terror organization is prepared for the “worst-case scenario” as Israeli forces respond to the ongoing terror attack launched from Gaza.
“We are ready for the worst-case scenario, including a ground invasion, which will be the best for us to decide the ending of this battle,” Saleh al-Arouri says in an interview with Al Jazeera Arabic, according to CNN.
11:45 A.M. — Florida Governor and 2024 Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis issues a statement condemning Hamas’s terror attack on Israel and criticizes President Joe Biden’s policy toward Iran, a key funder of the Palestinian terror organization.
“Israel is now under attack by Iranian-backed Hamas terrorists. Iran has helped fund this war against Israel and Joe Biden’s policies that have gone easy on Iran have helped fill their coffers.” Desantis wrote on social media. “We are going to stand with Israel as they root out Hamas and we need to stand up to Iran.”
The Biden administration is said to have recently greenlit an agreement with Iran to pay the terror-supporting regime $6 billion in exchange for five detained U.S. citizens.
Breitbart News previously reported:
The deal, according to the Associated Press (AP), entailed the Biden administration issuing a blanket waiver for international banks to transfer $6 billion in frozen Iranian money from South Korea to Qatar without U.S. sanctions. The money would then be held in Qatar’s central bank for Iran to use, reportedly for the purchase of humanitarian goods.
In addition, the Biden administration agreed to release five Iranian citizens held in the U.S.
According to the AP, Secretary of State Antony Blinken signed off on the deal late last week, but Congress was not notified of the deal until Monday, which was also 9/11, the 22nd anniversary of the U.S. suffering terrorist attacks by Islamic fundamentalists.
The deal appears to go against the U.S. policy of not paying countries to release American prisoners so as not to incentivize the behavior.
11:40 A.M. — Yahya Rahim Safavi, who serves as a top adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, lauds Hamas’s terror attack on Israel.
“We congratulate the Palestinian fighters,” Safavi says, according to Reuters. “We will stand by the Palestinian fighters until the liberation of Palestine and Jerusalem.”
In a separate statement, Iran’s foreign ministry is also lauding the attack.
“Today’s operation marked a new page in the field of resistance and armed operations against the occupiers,” spokesman Nasser Kanani says.
“The resistance has so far achieved brilliant victories during this operation, and this is a bright spot in the history of the Palestinian people’s struggle against the Zionists,” he adds.
11:35 A.M. — Israeli police officers rush to evacuate a woman and a child as rockets rain down on the city of Ashkelon. The photo was captured by Tsafrir Abayov of the Associated Press.
Police officers evacuate a woman and a child from a site hit by a rocket in Ashkelon, Israel.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) October 7, 2023
11:29 A.M. — President Joe Biden issues a statement condemning Hamas’s terror attack on Israel.
“The United States unequivocally condemns this appalling assault against Israel by Hamas terrorists from Gaza, and I made clear to Prime Minister Netanyahu that we stand ready to offer all appropriate means of support to the Government and people of Israel,” Biden says.
“Israel has a right to defend itself and its people,” the president adds. “My Administration’s support for Israel’s security is rock solid and unwavering. My team and I are tracking this situation closely, and I will remain in close touch with Prime Minister Netanyahu.”
Biden has acted frostily towards Netanyahu since the Israeli prime minister returned to power in November. They two world leaders finally met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York last month. During the sit-down, Biden offered a long-awaited White House visit by the year’s end.
11:25 A.M. — At least 985 people have been hospitalized in connection with Hamas’s terror attack on Israel, according to the Jewish state’s Health Ministry.
Those look a lot more like American M-4s than the usual AK-47 we are used to seeing in the Middle East. Could these be from the stockpile of +- 70,000 fully automatic machine guns we left the Taliban? pic.twitter.com/tVPUPqOtbp
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 7, 2023